Autonomous Solutions, Inc. Enters the Mining Industry

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LOGAN, UTAH—October 21, 2008. Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) officially entered the mining industry at the MINExpo conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Utah-based robotics company demonstrated the new robotic bulldozer and Guideline® Robotic Convoy System.

MINExpo® 2008, held every four years, is titled “The World’s Richest Deposit of Mining Technology, Services and Products.” With over 600,000 square feet of exhibit space it was the largest MINExpo ever. The newest products and services, as well as the latest technology were demonstrated to top mining professionals.

The Robotic Dozer System is an application of ASI’s Nav™ for CAT D10 dozers. It allows open-pit and surface mines to maximize productivity and improve safety of mining operations. It offers many advantages over a traditional manned system, such as: removing the operator from dangerous situations, creating a one-to-many environment; providing precise control of the vehicle and implements; and reducing vehicle down-time.

The multi-vehicle system is operated with Mobius™ command and control software which integrates with GPS and wireless communications solutions. Mobius allows both autonomous and teleoperation modes for tasks, including ripping and blade control.

Guideline works by attaching a Kevlar tether from the follower vehicle to any lead vehicle. The follower vehicle senses angle and length of the cable and dynamically plans a “path” to follow the leader's exact movements.

This arrangement eliminates the limitations of RF and GPS due to interference or blockage, works in all light and weather conditions, and works equally well in reverse. No modifications are required to the lead vehicle. The simple elegance of the solution means less complex equipment to maintain, simplified operator training, affordability, and the potential for significant manpower reductions for safety or cost reasons.

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About ASI

For nearly 14 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems. From their northern Utah headquarters, ASI serves clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, military, and manufacturing industries with robotic solutions ranging from driver assistance to full, multi-vehicle autonomy. ASI's world-class engineering staff is dedicated to the ideals of innovation, safety, simplicity, and quality.